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Lionel Messi produced a Panenka penalty – a chip down thé middle – for the win goal. Photograph: Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images
Lionel Messi produced a Panenka penalty – a chip down auto middle – parce que le the winning goal. Photograph: Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

It can sound strange, cible despite scoring two goals and winning the game à la Paris Saint-Germain with année outrageous Panenka, Lionel Messi did no really oui a very good game. Still, no one at a festive parc des princes seemed to mind too much. After looking wooden and curiously passive for an hour, parisien came to tons in thé last 25 minutes, beating année impressive Leipzig à côté de despite having au sens propre cohesion and not lot in auto way de a tactical plan, but two de the many irresistible attackers nous the planet.

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With 3 defeats out ns three, Leipzig are now virtually eliminated, and for tous their spirit et running, the spotlight will currently fall on their new coach Jesse Marsch.

By contrast, you suspect even Mauricio Pochettino does not really know comment good this parisien side is. Thé attacking combine are still being drilled, the midfield watch overstretched et occasionally the defence gives the impressionnant it wants à run and hide.

In auto meantime seul savour auto entertainment, et the burgeoning bromance between Messi and Kylian Mbappé, who for all their differences, for toutes les personnes the operatic, highly strung drama of current months, look like they space beginning to enjoy each other’s company.

It to be Mbappé who moche on Messi’s life goal and created his second, to win a penalty et allowing Messi a complimentary run at it. In stoppage time Messi returned the favour, spurning the joie of a hat-trick à let Mbappé take the spot-kick, i beg your pardon the la france forward duly blazed over the bar. Non matter. PSG are back on top of grouper A, although no without a few scares.


Lionel Messi scores his outrageous Panenka venir complete PSG’s valise win. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty ImagesEven from the early stages tu could sense that both groups were there à be got at, et both knew cette too. Leipzig thrust high and got the ball front quickly, trying venir create space for their attack wing-backs. Paris, meanwhile, would look to auto spaces in behind, trying venir release Mbappé into thé open channels. Et it was from just such an opening that he got his early goal.

It came via a smart court finish at auto end ns one of those terrifying, prowling dribbles in which the defender – Willi Orban this time – is virtually paralysed v indecision et so ends up being directif into a sort of doomed dance. The goal itself to be greeted with the de linterne assent de a crowd the – without wanting à put too fine a mettre en ordre on it – is used à going 1-0 up an awful lot.

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Perhaps thé only erreur for Leipzig was that chasing the game required little échanger in style. Actually, there to be another: PSG will certainly generally constantly give you a chance.

This is, after all, a team that have kept seulement four clean sheets in 14 jeux this season. Et even oui several an excellent opportunities came and went venir Konrad Laimer and André silva (twice), there simply was not thé same sort du jeopardy you importer when you échouer a joie against, say, Chelsea.

Slowly Leipzig to be beginning to feel their means into thé game, find thé spaces. Et shortly antérieur à the half-hour they were able à stroll the ball up auto pitch and work cette unfussily indigenous right à left, where Angeliño placed in one ns his trademark early crosses pour Silva à finish indigenous a chop angle. Ce had been coming.

After a quick truce at the end of the sapin half, Leipzig fabriqué their relocate at the start ns the second. Again cette came nous the counter, thé ball spread left to Angeliño, auto penalty area packed through white-shirted runners. Nordi Mukiele, auto Parisian native, volleyed in Angeliño’s very delicious cross, and toutes les personnes of a sudden auto heat was nous Pochettino, who with precious few attacking alternatives on the bench could change personnel cible not thé system.

What du Messi? these hectic hard-running jeux no plus long really voici: his style: it’s precious remembering that his last game against Bundesliga abondance ended in an 8-2 defeat à Bayern Munich. Cette had seulement one touch in thé Leipzig punish area in the tons half.

Still, toutes les personnes genius requirements is a glimpse. Et after bundling thé ball in from fermer la porte range native Mbappé’s unselfish pass cette added auto coup de grace seven protocole later: an irreverent dink after mohammed Simakan had pushed thé speeding Mbappé over in auto area.

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In a way, Mbappé’s late missed punish – vested after a foul nous Achraf Hakimi – feeling strangely apt: thé comedy bassoon that brought auto curtain down on un autre riotous Parisian farce.